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Posted on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 12:28

Need something to do while you are stuck inside? We have compiled ten articles exploring different facets of Walt's life for you to read, and are starting a Blog Club on our Facebook page to foster discussion on these topics.

Read any of the articles that interest you, and join the Blog Club conversation on our Facebook page each day as we explore the articles. 

We are excited to announce The Walt Disney Family Museum Animation Festival is coming in October 2021 and will feature films from teen and college-level animators. At the festival, located in the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco, participants can attend workshops and talks, engage in activities, explore a school and career fair, and view the work of next generation's talented animators.

Watch this space, subscribe to our enews, and follow us on social media for updates and announcements, including information about submissions and the festival website, launching June 2020.

Spring 2020
Healing In Color showcases artworks created by children receiving cancer treatment at two Bay Area hospitals. Walt Disney once said that “fantasy and reality often overlap.” The young artists whose works will be on display as part of this exhibition have been encouraged to explore this intersection
Summer 2020
Immerse yourself in the compelling and multifaceted story of The Walt Disney Studios’ extensive contribution to the Allies’ World War II effort through an array of original artwork, film clips, photos, literature, and more.
Workshops
Sun, Mar 15 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Fifty years ago, General Electric Carousel of Progress debuted at the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. This Audio-Animatronics® stage attraction showcased the shift of technology in a typical American household over several decades. In its current iteration, the attraction’s most futuristic scene is

Films
April | Daily, except Tuesdays | 2pm

Dumbo soars into our hearts and our theater this Spring. Follow the adorable Jumbo Jr., cruelly nicknamed Dumbo, and his wise-cracking sidekick, Timothy Q. Mouse, as friendship fuels their flight in this fun-filled fantasy.

Classes
Every Sun, Jan 26–Mar 15 | 10am–noon

Walt Disney’s journey into the field of animation began with the stop-motion method using paper cutouts. Learn techniques to create your own set for stop-motion animation in this class. You will design concept art for an environment, illustrate a blueprint, construct a prototype and final set, and

Classes
Every Sun, Jan 26–Mar 15 | 1–4pm

Join us for an 8-week course inspired by drawing class methods used in the animation industry, crafted to cover the basic fundamentals of drawing and design. Students will learn introductory concepts about shape, shadow and lighting, drapery drawing studies, and still life.

This class is a

Workshops
Sat, Mar 28 | 10:30am–12:30pm

Since Walt’s time, animators have found rewarding careers in a variety of roles. Working in 2D or 3D, animators are necessary in filmmaking, television, gaming, and in the art, design, and tech sectors. In this informative workshop, learn what an animator experiences in day-to-day life, what skills

Workshops
Sat, Mar 21 | 1–2:30pm

In the process of making Pinocchio (1940), animators faced the challenge of trying to illustrate a realistically-moving ocean in the climactic scene with Monstro the whale. They used a variety of art and animation techniques to make the water look natural and their efforts continue to be lauded to

Workshops
Sat, Mar 21 | 10:30am–noon

In the process of making Pinocchio (1940), animators faced the challenge of trying to illustrate a realistically-moving ocean in the climactic scene with Monstro the whale. They used a variety of art and animation techniques to make the water look natural and their efforts continue to be lauded to

Workshops
Sat, Mar 7 | 1–2:30pm

The constant motion of fire can make it seem as alive as any other character in animation. Fantasia (1940), which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, memorably uses fire effects to create a foreboding atmosphere in the “Night on Bald Mountain” segment to enhance the menacing demon Chernabog.

Workshops
Sat, Mar 7 | 10:30am–noon

The constant motion of fire can make it seem as alive as any other character in animation. Fantasia (1940), which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, memorably uses fire effects to create a foreboding atmosphere in the “Night on Bald Mountain” segment to enhance the menacing demon Chernabog.

Talks
Sat, Mar 14 | 1pm

In 1964, Tania McKnight Norris was hired to work at WED Enterprises—now known as Walt Disney Imagineering—as an interior designer for the highly-anticipated Disneyland expansion: New Orleans Square. She joined Walt and Lilly Disney, Roy and Edna Disney, Walt's daughter Sharon and her husband Bob

Talks
Sat, Mar 7 | 2pm

As a former Disney Channel sit-com actress, a current voice talent for Star Wars and Sofia the First projects, and now, as the Designer behind a sci-fi/fantasy-inspired fashion company for women, Her Universe, Ashley Eckstein has made a name for herself across the Disney landscape in a unique way.

Talks
Sat, Mar 7 | 11am

In recognition of Women’s History Month, join members of Pixar’s story department in this very special panel. Moderated by Her Universe Founder and Designer Ashley Eckstein, hear from Story Supervisor Valerie LaPointe (Toy Story 4, 2019), Storyboard Artist Aphton Corbin (Toy Story 4, 2019), and

Workshops
Sat, Apr 4 | 1–2:30pm

Wind can be a difficult element to illustrate in animation, as its effects are more visible than its presence. Disney films like The Old Mill (1937) perfectly depict the illusion of wind while showing the range of a soft breeze to a wild storm. Breeze through this workshop to learn more about the

Workshops
Sat, Apr 4 | 10:30–noon

Wind can be a difficult element to illustrate in animation, as its effects are more visible than its presence. Disney films like The Old Mill (1937) perfectly depict the illusion of wind while showing the range of a soft breeze to a wild storm. Breeze through this workshop to learn more about the